Comey set to testify publicly about why Trump fired him

Comey set to testify publicly about why Trump fired him

Comey set to testify publicly about why Trump fired him

Comey, abruptly fired by Trump last week, has agreed to testify in public sometime after Memorial Day, the committee said in a statement.

The anticipation, however, will only be the more intense for what Committee chairman Richard Burr blandly calls Comey's opportunity to "clarify for the American people recent events that have been broadly reported in the media".

The document, which was read to the NYT by sources in the White House, is the latest evidence that Mr Trump fired Mr Comey at least in part because of an ongoing investigation into possible collusion between his campaign and Russian officials.

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Trump angrily denied any collusion with Russian Federation this week and denounced the newest investigation - now in the hands of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III - as "a witch hunt".

The appointment of Mueller as special counsel has drawn generally favourable comments from Democrats and from some Republicans as well.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told The New York Times in a statement that Comey had behaved politically and put unnecessary pressure on the president's ability to conduct diplomacy with Russian Federation on matters such as Syria, Ukraine and the Islamic State. The White House did not deny the claim. House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz of Utah announced a hearing next week for Comey to testify, but he did so before he had even made contact with Comey, and it's unlikely Comey plans to attend next week.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner have all reportedly communicated with Russian officials, notes the Post. "The real story is that our national security has been undermined by the leaking of private and highly classified conversations".

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President Trump fired Comey last Tuesday.

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller will head a special, independent counsel to investigate the Russian government's efforts to influence the 2016 Presidential election.

In closed-door meetings with lawmakers on Thursday and Friday, Rosenstein said he wrote the memo after Trump told him one day before the May 9 firing that he wanted to dismiss Comey.

The committee will also probe the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief on the events surrounding his dismissal earlier this month as swirling controversy threatens to derail President Trump's political ambitions.

Following the news of James Comey's open hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley on Saturday expressed doubt over the intelligence committee testimony being allowed to take place.

But Trump publicly said soon after that he made the decision ahead of time, and acknowledged the Russian Federation investigation was part of his decision.

"This matter is not going to distract the President or this administration from its work to bring back jobs and keep America safe", the official added.

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